Interior Announces WaterSMART grants for 11 ACWA Member Agencies

Eleven ACWA member agencies are poised to receive nearly $3 million in federal funding for water efficiency projects through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART grant program.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the Bureau has selected 54 new projects in Western states to receive a total of $24 million in WaterSMART water and energy efficiency grants. Once funded and completed, the projects are expected to save an estimated 102,221 acre-feet of water each year.

Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor said the grants are an important way to promote water and energy efficiency in the West. “By working together, we can find more efficient ways to use the water available in the West to protect jobs, enhance the use of clean energy and promote the sustainable use of limited resources,” Connor said.

ACWA members selected to receive grants include:

  • Kaweah Delta Water Conservation District, Paregien Basin Project
  • Richvale Irrigation District, Water Management System Modernization and Efficiency Project
  • Shasta Community Services District, Efficiency and Modernization Project
  • North San Joaquin Water Conservation District, Tracy Lake Groundwater Recharge Project
  • Ivanhoe Irrigation District, Control System Project- 69 Main
  • Contra Costa Water District, Untreated Water Use Measurement Project
  • Municipal Water District of Orange County, Orange County Smart Irrigation Timer Rebate Program
  • Imperial Irrigation District, East Highline Power Plant Flow Meter
  • East Bay Municipal Utility District, Water Smart Lawn Conversion Rebate Program
  • Reclamation District 2035, Acquisition and Installation of SCADA Phase 2
  • Bella Vista Water District, Water Metering and Irrigation Efficiency Improvements

The complete list is available here.